Founder: Fergal Keane, Journalist and Writer
Fergal Keane began his career in journalism in 1979 as a reporter on the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle where he met and worked with senior journalist Billy Kelly. He joined the BBC in 1989 and in 1990 he was appointed Southern Africa correspondent. From 1990 to 1994 Fergal’s reports covered the township unrest in South Africa, the first multi-racial elections following the end of apartheid, and the genocide in Rwanda.
Fergal has been awarded a BAFTA, named Reporter of the Year on television and radio, and won honours from a range of organisations, including the Royal Television Society and Amnesty International. In 1996 Fergal was awarded an OBE for services to journalism. Fergal is the author of several books. These include Season of Blood (1996), and A Stranger's Eye (2000), which accompanied his television series. He lives in London with his wife, Anne; son, Daniel, and daughter, Holly May.
Fergal and Billy founded Msaada in 2005.
"I commend you on the outstanding work being done by Msaada. It may seem a drop in the ocean in a situation where there is great need but to those who benefit, your help is a Godsend.
"Rwanda is a beautiful country with beautiful people. The roots of their troubles to a large extent lie in their colonial past. They need help to heal and to prosper. I am delighted that Msaada is raising funds to help Rwandans help themselves. It is a wonderful investment."
The Most Reverend Desmond M Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus
"Msaada's extraordinary work is bringing a life-force of hope and stability to one of the most damaged societies on Earth.
“I give them all my admiration and support."
Joanna Lumley, Actress
"We who care about what happened in Rwanda in 1994 owe it to those unfortunate people to let them know that some of us are willing to share their pain and to do something meaningful to help address it."
Fergal Keane, Msaada founder